Jamaican born Alecia Cowan, the final of a very large family, grew up in Jamaica with a strong love for music. In her private moments whenever she had a chance, she’d listen to a bit of reggae, soul and r&b. After high school she left Jamaica for studies in the UK. Whilst in the UK, it wasn’t long before she was singing in many different gospel choirs, at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and backing the likes of gospel singer Ron Conolly at Birmingham City Hall.
Alecia then went solo and started performing dub poetry across London at church functions, community shows and college events. This led to her biggest breakthrough yet at the Wandsworth Borough Show. People embraced her talent wherever she performed and this inspired her to extend her writing beyond poetry and into songs, remembering her roots and her deep love of reggae music.
In 2007 Alecia’s first single ‘Time Waits on No Man’ was released. The song was included on a CD compilation called “Breaktime Riddim” on the Road Dog Productions label. This put her alongside some great singers of reggae music such as King Yellowman, Richie Stephens and Morgan Heritage. Her second single ‘Playr Hater’ was released in 2009 by the same label and also included on a CD compilation called “Confessions Riddim”.
Alecia is currently working towards her full length debut album. With a collection of 85 unreleased songs and counting, she will have plenty of original material to choose from and her singing style expresses the wisdom of an old soul with a bubbling youthful exuberance. She has been compared to the likes of Cynthia Schloss, Carol Thompson and Marcia Griffiths. She has developed strong connections with international musicians and producers and continues to sing live whenever she can. Alecia is a vocalist with the wind in her sails and she is a positive new spirit for the reggae community and a broader audience to enjoy.